The San Francisco Giants had the best record in all of baseball at the All-Star Break. Standing at 57-33 going into the midsummer classic, they were three games ahead of the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs, meanwhile, have continued their resurgence to potentially break the longest championships drought in all of sports at 108 years. The Giants, on the other hand, have had issues merely winning games. The Giants now stand at 80-72 locked in a three way tie with the Mets and Cardinals. That means their record since the break is 23-39. Barely winning half of their games, this collapse is starting to rival one of the greatest of all time. The Cubs, on the other hand, sit at 97-55 looking by far the most dominant team in all of baseball. The most recent team to lead the majors going into the All-Star Break and finish under .500 after the break would be the 2006 Detroit Tigers, who went 34-38. That team was barely under .500 and still made the World Series. The Giants, on the other hand, are in danger of missing the playoffs entirely. This would be unheard of.
What has contributed to such an epic collapse? Most people point their finger at the bullpen. The Giants bullpen has almost resembled a minor league patchwork of arms at times. Fans feel like it’s more likely the bullpen will blow the lead rather than somehow put a zero on the board. This lives the manager Bruce Bochy looking like a child who consumed too much sugar, rapidly moving from one arm to the next just trying to find someone who can even get outs.
This isn’t the only issue. The sheer dearth of power in the Giants’ lineup remains a major hole. Buster Posey recently endured a homeless streak that lasted over 40 games. Hunter Pence has watched his slugging percentage plummet as well. It’s difficult to win games without production from the meat of the lineup.
While this seems like a death spiral for one of the most storied franchises in sports, the Giants not only have a shot at the wild card. The Dodgers have had their own struggles. Nothing would be finer for Giants’ fans than to snatch the division from their hated rival and this is still very possible.